Frequently Asked Questions
This section is devoted to providing answers to questions asked of the Association. Should your question not be listed we would be most pleased to respond to your question or concern. Contact us here.
How can I get access to restricted content on this website?
Dues-paying members are granted full access to the site including the directory of neighbors. If you have paid your dues but do not have full access, fill in the contact form in the last section (click here) and let us know so we can grant you access to the entire site.
What is the purpose of the Association?
The primary missions of the Association are to provide a sense of community, protect and preserve property values.
Can I participate if I am a renter?
Although the Association By-Laws require property ownership to qualify for membership, a renter may participate in all of the social functions upon payment of a small fee.
Does the Association have any special events for children?
Not at this time. We have sponsored Halloween and Fourth of July parties in the past. Please volunteer if you are interested in organizing an event. Please volunteer to plan an event.
What is the relationship between the Association and the Township?
The Township recognizes homeowner associations as a representative of the community and extends every courtesy to respond to our questions and requests. In matters that may be beyond the means of our association, our affiliation with the United Homeowner Associations allows to address major concerns.
If I have a complaint/comment/suggestion about the neighborhood, should I contact the Association or Township?
It is best to first contact an Association Board member with your question or concern. If the question cannot be dealt with internally the Board will assist you in directing you to the proper agency.
Is membership to the Association voluntary?
Yes. There is no obligation to join, however we seek full participation among our neighbors since the Board's activity benefits all.
What are the annual dues?
For a new member the dues are $65 for Meadowlands and $50 per year for all others. There is a one-time fee of $50 for riparians (those who own lake frontage.)
How do I pay?
We attempt to have the dues collected by the September each year. Please see the "Officers, Dues and Building" page for the name and address of the current Treasurer. You may either mail a check or personally deliver your payment.
What do the dues pay for?
Essentially, the dues pay for the operation of the Association such as communication, insurance and other ongoing expenses. In addition, the Association has contributed in the past to the social functions such as the Halloween event and 4th of July Boat Parade and other special projects including Spring Clean Up.
If I join am I expected to serve on a committee?
No, however we encourage participation of all of our members.
I would like to volunteer my services, who do I contact?
You are welcome to contact any Board member by phone or email. Their contact information is available on the 'Officers, Dues and Building' page. In the alternative, you may go to the "Contact Us" page and fill out the e-form indicating your interests.
Does the Association have general membership meetings?
Yes. Currently the Association's holds 1 annual meeting in the fall quarter as determined by the acting President.
Does the Association have By-Laws?
Yes. They can be provided upon request.
Are there deed restrictions?
It depends on your lot. Restrictions run with the property. Each lot contains different rules. Please pull out your deed for your property to understand the limitations of your lot. If you have questions, please contact the SLA President.
Does the Association have an architectural committee?
Yes. Any new development must receive architectural approval.
Does the Association have control over yard signs?
Must I consult with the Association if I want to make exterior improvements?
Yes. Any new development must receive approval.
The Association is a member of the UHOA, what benefits does that offer?
At times there may be matters affecting the residents of our Association that may be beyond the ability of our Board to deal with. Our association with the UHOA allows us a higher profile to deal in these matters. The Mission Statement may be seen at: http://united-homeowners.org.
Is there an organized Association yard sale?
Not at this time. However, we'd gladly accept a volunteer to organize one!
Is there a neighborhood watch?
Not at this time.
Can a non-members post notices in the Association website?
Yes. We invite participation of all of our neighbors. All notices are subject to conformance to the character of the website as determined by the Board.
Does the Township pick up the trash?
No. Trash pick-up has been outsourced to Green For Life (GFL). Each household is currently being charged $42.00 every 3 months for the service and invoiced directly to the homeowner and payment is made directly to GFL.
When is trash day?
Trash day is Monday, except when delayed because of a national holiday then it'll be picked up on Tuesday. It is requested that trash not be placed at the curb until 5:00 pm the evening prior. We ask that you return your trash cans to your home as soon as possible on trash day. This is a township ordinance so lack of compliance may result in a citation.
What items are able to be recycled?
Details may be found on the GFL website (click here.) Here's the items they list as recyclable: Plastics – containers with codes 1 through 7, Grocery Bags, Clear & colored glass, Metal, Paper, phone books, magazines and brown paper bags, Cardboard – cut into 2’x 2’ pieces and tied in bundles, and paper board and box board (i.e. cereal, tissue, shoe box) - flattened and stuffed in biggest box or bundled.
Are we allowed to walk our dogs in the neighborhood?
Many of our families have pets. When dog walking we ask that you carry a pooper-scooper or bag to pick up any droppings.